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National School Sport Week: Book Recommendations

National School Sport Week: Book Recommendations

This week is National School Sport Week. It's here to encourage school children to participate more in PE and sport. Sometimes we can all do with a little inspiration to get involved with sport, so we've picked out some books for a variety of ages to get you sweating... or thinking about sweating at least!

June 20, 2016

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The YA debate

The YA debate

Many people have discussed on book blogs who YA should be read by, if can you be too old for the genre, etc. But one recent chain of articles contained some specific, and widely varying, views.

June 13, 2016

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Junk – the book that launched the young adult novel

Junk – the book that launched the young adult novel

At the Hay Festival on June 2, Melvin Burgess received the Andersen Press Young Adult Book Prize Special Achievement Award for his novel Junk, first published 20 years ago. Since then, the young adult novel has come of age.

June 7, 2016

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5 Fun Facts about Volunteering and Volunteers

5 Fun Facts about Volunteering and Volunteers

June 1st marks the start of Volunteers' Week - a celebration of the contribution volunteers make in the UK.

May 31, 2016

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Our favourite literary characters

Our favourite literary characters

Often it's the characters in a book that make it great just as much as the story. So we asked the Listening Books team - who is your favourite character from a book?

May 23, 2016

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Timeline: The History of the Audiobook

Timeline: The History of the Audiobook

The image above, drawn a year after the invention of the phonograph, envisioned a future of whole families sitting down around the player listening to its delights. The audiobook has come a long way since then, from only being able to store four minutes at a time on a cylinder, to a wealth of digital audiobook downloads at our fingertips.

May 17, 2016

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The best book events in London this May

The best book events in London this May

If the perk in the weather has given you some more get-up-and-go, we have the perfect way to use that energy and engage that curious mind! Whether you're looking for some entertainment or to puzzle out some politics, London is bursting with amazing book events this May.

May 10, 2016

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What makes a cosy crime novel and why are they so popular?

What makes a cosy crime novel and why are they so popular?

Cosy crime, a sub-genre of crime whose stories are sometimes referred to as ‘cosies’, shows no sign of losing its popularity.

May 3, 2016

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A Day in The Life of Listening Books' Director

A Day in The Life of Listening Books' Director

Bill Dee, the Listening Books Director, gives us an insight into his role in the charity. From managing staff to seizing opportunities, here's what he had to say about what he does day to day.

April 26, 2016

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The Ultimate Bookish Homeware and Décor

The Ultimate Bookish Homeware and Décor

Books are great for their stories, but they're also great to just have around! Just because you might get your books in audio form, doesn't mean that you can't be surrounded by bookish things.

April 19, 2016

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